Counter offers are bad for those who take them.   So say the 3rd party recruiters over on Recruiters Who Actually Make Placements (group invite required):


KC: Commonsense tells us that unless you are in the irreplaceable 4-5% of job types, for the 95% of the rest of us, rejoining the fold after accepting an offer elsewhere is a short term win - probably not in 90 days as the meme above suggests, but in the next annual perf review or when deciding who gets the next major project...see what happens...


Trevor: My experience is that the old "you'll be the first to be let go now that you're shown to be disloyal"...is a load of crap. Most counters work out fine....most recruiter threat/statistics are make believe.